Vigilante groups targeting child predators can hinder police investigations  | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

A group that claims to have helped police across the county make hundreds of arrests of people trying to solicit children for sex recently targeted Maine in a sting.

However, Maine State Police initially declined to use the evidence the group gathered, leading to social media outrage and bringing attention to the way those groups operate.

These types of vigilante groups that do their own investigations to try to catch people soliciting children may not follow all the laws necessary for evidence to make it to court. At the very least, it adds another layer to a police investigation, law enforcement officials say, as they have to ensure the group operated by the necessary standards.

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